Salomon Adventure Challenge
Caledon Hills, Ontario
January 29, 2005
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Walking (and biking and skiing and more)
in a Winter Wonderland!
Winter? That wasn’t winter! If you participated
in last year’s winter race, than this year felt like a warm
blanket compared to the record low temperatures of 2004.
Although the frostbite factor was significantly different,
the fastest team was the same. Last year’s winner, team
EAS/Hammer showed their strength for a 2nd year in a row.
They had a commanding lead from the Le Mans toboggan start, to
the snowshoe finish. Catch the race highlights below!
At 10:08 am,
twenty-six teams toed the line for the 5th annual winter
Salomon Adventure Challenge. Teams sprinted through the Salomon
arches with toboggans in hand, on their way to the perfect
toboggan hill just inside the main gates. Team
EAS/Hammer took the lead closely followed by
SupplierPipeline. Within minutes all teams had slid their
way into the bike transition for a fast 8km bike to the first
Teams left their bikes for the first snowshoe section.
had a 3 minute lead on the field. Co-ed teams
Hardcorps were tied into this first TA.
Screaming Carrots were the last teams out of the TA, almost
25 minutes behind the leaders.
Firstymers had almost a 10 minute lead on
Who Rip! in the female category.
CP2/TA2 – CP3
Out of the snowshoes and onto cross country skis. TA2 saw the
first race casualty. One member from team
was suffering from cramps and had to pull out of the race. The
two remaining teammates continued on unranked. Dark horse
Veronica's Secrets was holding steady in a tie for third
with the local favourite
Huggers. Little navigation was required to this point –
there was still plenty of race left to unfold.
Off the skis and back onto the bikes,
now had a 47 minute lead on
Adrenaline Rush, the next fastest all Male team. A tight
battle for second place between
Americans; One Guide and
Doing What??!! had teams hopping in the TA with only 6
minutes separating the teams. Team
BigMooseFans seem to have struggled their way to CP3 and
chose to drop out of the race at CP4.
SupplierPipeline was still holding the lead with
Huggers just edging past
Hardcorps into the bike leg in the co-ed division.
Firstymers had kept their lead on
Who Rip! in the female category. We can probably credit this
lead to their last minute decision to leave the wood & cat-gut
snowshoes at home and rent snazzy Salomon showshoes!!
Seven teams made the advanced cut-off but only six chose to
tackle the section. Team
Cocoa-Nuts made the strategic decision to skip the advanced
section with the hopes that other teams would not finish in the
allotted time. Teams
Veronica's Secrets and
Adrenaline Rush all went on to face a long hike-a-bike
section in the advanced course. With some great navigation, Team
SupplierPipeline was able to beat
trekking time to CP6b, although this still left them 12 minutes
all male team.
Hardcorps was third to CP6b making up some lost time.
With a long final snowshoe section, teams were happy to see the
Salomon arch once again! At base camp we could see the first
team approach –
Cocoa-Nuts, the first team on the regular course. They were
closely followed by the fastest advanced course team, overall
SupplierPipeline finished first in the co-ed division, holding off challengers
Hardcorps and surprise third place (coed category) finishers
Huggers, who are loyal FAR racers, have really tightened
their game and will be a team to keep your eyes on for this
season!) In the all female category, the
Firstymers were able to finish the course in the required
time - leaving
Who Rip! to finish second but unranked.
It was a great day for adventure racing, the weather was near
perfect, the competition was strong and the course made for an
amazing Saturday of adventure. The winter Salomon Adventure
Challenge will be back! Just think – all the races to come can
only get warmer. :)
10 things you may not have known about the
One team got a 10 minute penalty for ripping
their emergency blanket in two as they only had two blankets
instead of the required three.
A team used the exhaust from the TA truck to
defrost their wheel hub. It froze again ten minutes later.
There are approximately 5 radio calls per
minute at base camp.
Bikes for 11 teams will fit into one 16 foot
beat the TA truck to CP2 by seven minutes.
One photographer was injured on the toboggan
leg as large men on crazy carpets screamed down the hill.
Veronica was not on the team “Veronica's
Secrets” – she was replaced by a guy named Steve.
The team that had their shirts on backwards
at the race briefing never turned them around.
Teams that did the advanced section were
later heard to be saying: “That was harder than we expected!”
Patented blue-foam, duct-tape, bike shoes
will be coming soon to your local bike shop.
First off I would like to thank you for a great
We, Team CHC
Frost Bike, had a blast!!
Thanks a bunch....Leesa, Jeff, and Mike.
I just wanted to thank you (now that I am no longer sore!) for
the great race you put on. Now that I have seen how an adventure
race should really be run, my standards will be so much higher.
Seriously, the venue, the weather, and the general friendliness of
the folks was wonderful. The course was challenging, pretty well
balanced (I wanted more skiing, but my teammates had other ideas),
and the logistics were (to our eyes) flawlessly managed. Adam, from
Caledon Cycling, deserves a special call-out for the great job he
did on our bikes. I wish we could have stayed for a post-race party,
but we both had Sunday commitments. I hope you and your crew got the
fete-ing you deserved.
--David Levine (one, now-guide-less, american)
Americans; One Guide